Regrowth Acupuncture

July 29, 2016

Acupoint of the Day 7/29/16

Feels like water is just spilling everywhere out there. SP 7 – Leaking Valley Purposes: Helps support the retaining of fluids Bring balance to emotional neediness Most people reading this would say “why do I want to retain fluids?” But the retention of fluids here comes in the form of urinary leakage, seminal and vaginal leakage, and also leaky gut syndrome. The Spleen in chinese medicine gives integrity to structure, like the banks of a river keeping the water in. If the integrity lessens, symptoms can arise like chronic fatigue syndrome. There’s a great quote from Lonny Jarrett’s The Clinical Practice of Chinese Medicine: “The craving of sympathy is the psychospiritual equivalent of craving sugar.” The spleen loves sugar but too much can hurt it in the long run. The same runs with sympathy. A little bit can go a long way, but too much and the person can become […]
June 24, 2016

Summer and the Fire Constitution

5 Element Acupuncture – Fire Constitutions   Summer lovin’, had me a blaaaast!  Those famous words from a famous musical number are the easiest way for me to describe the fire constitution and the fire element in general.  Ask a kid how they feel about the school year ending and the summer starting…that’s the energy of the fire.   Summary of Fire CF attributes: Can be emotionally volatile with joy and sadness   Need to be loved.     Can confuse “lust” with “love” and get labeled as “easy” in a sexual manner.   Can crave being center of attention or needing to be invisible.   Prone to addiction to vices   Can make it “sparkle” and typically very photogenic   Laughter is the best deflection   Responsibility is biggest liability   Can be great performers   Most people over the age of 18 understand the fire element to a […]
May 10, 2016

Yin/Yang Symbol Explanation

What does the Yin/Yang Symbol Mean? Millions upon millions of Americans know this symbol.  It has become incredibly common to the point that no words are needed to explain what it is.  But how many people truly understand it?  Learning about Yin and Yang is day 1 in Acupuncture school.  Yin/Yang is the entire basis of Chinese Medicine.  When I began my practice, I spoke about it as if people knew exactly what I was talking about yet I still get funny looks when I describe it.   Starting at the beginning:  What do the Chinese Words Mean? There’s no better place to start than looking at the Chinese words.  Each word in Chinese is built around smaller words.  That will be discussed in future posts.  In school, we learned that the small symbols in the word for Yang mean “the sunny side of the mountain” and for Yin it […]
April 4, 2016

Spring and Wood Constitution

5 Element Acupuncture – Wood Constitutions (CFs) Continuing our series on the 5 constitutions, the wood element is next.  Spring is a time of excitement!  The sun warms up, plants come back to life, animals come out of hibernation, and baseball starts again!   Summary of Wood CF attributes: Goal Oriented Irritable with quick tempers Wanting to be in control/in charge Constantly improving and growing Love to argue for the sake of arguing Organized Needing to be correct and will correct others (I bet a lot of Wood CFs will pick out the typos in this newsletter for example) Strong sense of justice The energy of the Wood element is up and out, much like a plant that is first growing up and then spreading out.  Wood energy is forceful.  Think about the amount of energy it takes for a chick to break out of an egg, or a plant […]
February 23, 2016

Non-Needle Acupuncture

In reality, Acupuncture means to puncture the skin, so the proper term here should be “Meridian Therapy.”  Still Acupuncture has become a common term to mean treating through Asian Medicine.  Below I’ve tried my best to explain why non-needle will work. One western theory of Acupuncture is that the points are on the fascial tissue system which conducts electricity.  From The Body Electric by Dr. Robert Becker in 1985: “Any current grows weaker with distance, due to resistance along the transmission cable.  The smaller the amperage and voltage, the faster the current dies out.  Electrical engineers solve his problem by building booster amplifiers every so often along a power line to get the signal back up to strength. For currents measures in nanoamperes and microvolts, the amplifiers would have to be no more than a few inches apart – just like acupuncture points!” (p 234)” The theory continues.  “If the […]
January 25, 2016

Winter and Water Constitutions

5 Element Acupuncture – Water Constitutions (CFs) We’re going to start our series on the 5 constitutions with the Water element because that is where the 5 element cycle starts.  Winter is a time of renewal.  Yes, there is some excitement at New Years that 20-whatever will be a better year, but the odds are that most people lose that excitement quickly; or at least until the Spring arrives with warmth and the Wood element. Summary of Water CF attributes: Intense Fearful or lacking of fear Driven with “high motors” Constantly moving Tough to reassure GREAT under pressure Typically having extra resources What I mean by Winter is a time for renewal is that the power and intensity of Winter wipes the slate clean.  The playing field is mostly leveled when we get 20-inch snow storms (and it was especially level before snowmobiles, plows, and other winter toys).  That POWER; […]
December 28, 2015

What is your 5-Element Constitution?

 Acupuncture is not used only in one form, but rather has many different styles.  The main one is called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  TCM is a western medical form of Acupuncture:  Symptoms; Diagnosis; Treatment.  While most acupuncturists in America (including me) use TCM in some form, we also use a different theory called 5-Element Acupuncture. The five elements are: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.  They have a cycle that follows the natural pattern of the seasons.  Treatment in the 5-Element style consists of two main varieties.  One is to figure out where in the cycle the pattern is off and fix it, the other is to treat a person on their constitution.  The constitution is their main elemental lens.  It is their main strength and weakness.  A gift and a curse. Take the following 10 question quiz to find out which element your constitution is! It’s possible to be […]
December 28, 2015

The 5 Elements, The Seasons, and Fractals

What is this?  Read more to find out! Awhile ago, I posted a 5 element quiz.  It included a 10 question quiz meant to give a general idea to what your 5 element constitution is.  I explained that your constitution is the lens that you primarily see life through.  It’s your greatest strength and weakness.  A gift and a curse. But the 5 elements are more than just a way of pigeon-holing people with specific emotions and symptoms.  It originated as a theory of life in ancient Asia before it became a health system.  It is also found in many different styles of acupuncture from Chinese, Japanese, and the specific 5 Element style which is out of England. The ancient asians noticed how the energy of the seasons changed.  The downward and powerful energetic of winter mimicking water.  The aggressive and anticipatory energy of spring mimicking plant life going straight up […]
August 6, 2014

World Health Organization Supports Benefits of Acupuncture

Article from Acupuncture Today October, 2004, Vol. 05, Issue 10 What Conditions Does Acupuncture Treat (According to the World Health Organization)? By John Amaro, LAc, DC, Dipl. Ac.(NCCAOM), Dipl.Med.Ac.(IAMA) In contemporary applications of acupuncture in North America, it is becoming increasingly common to hear patients complain that they are being challenged by their insurance carrier with the comment that acupuncture is not effective for a particular situation, and therefore coverage is denied. Of course, it is obvious that insurance companies are in the business to minimize costs, and escalate productivity and profit. As a result, it is not uncommon or unlikely that our patients will be denied coverage only because the insurance carrier has deemed acupuncture is not an effective or approved treatment. The World Health Organization (WHO), whose authority concerning health-related matters internationally cannot be challenged, has compiled a list of symptoms, syndromes, disease processes, pathologies, traumas and conditions […]
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